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Want to plan a successful retreat? Here’s some tips that will encourage attendance and give you rave reviews.

1. Develop a Theme for Your Retreat

A theme gives your retreat focus and should relate to your group’s purpose. Give it a cool title to create excitement and encourage participation.

2. Research Your Retreat

You want your participants to contribute and be engaged. Plan your retreat so they are encouraged to participate. It should be a balance between work and fun.

4. Establish a Good Facilitator

This will ensure smooth running of your retreat and keep it on task. It also ensures objectivity.

5. Arrange for a Note Taker

This will provide a record of key points and results to refer back to later.

6. Select a Great Venue

It should offer comfortable accommodations, great service and food, and the equipment needed to present any information. Natural light would also be a great thing to encourage positive spirit.

7. Get Feedback from Participants

You can find multiple free surveys online. Be sure to make them anonymous for best results.

8. Reserve Your Space

Some venues will need reservations up to a year in advance. This way you can publicize and market your retreat once you secure a date.

9. Use Marketing Materials

Send out marketing materials at least two months in advance. Set the registration deadline at least 10 days before event, and use an “early bird” discount if people sign up before the deadline.

10. Provide Details for Your Participants

Give your participants directions to the facility, a schedule and “what to bring” and what will be provided.

Looking for that perfect space for your next retreat? Consider The Swan Barn Door for your venue conveniently located in beautiful Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Save the date for your event today at The Swan Barn Door by going to the Save the Date page or click here.  Please book for your special day as dates are going fast!